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Test build of Android 2.3.4 leaks for ThunderBolt

HTC ThunderBolt bootloader

Anyone with their RSS reader pointed toward Taiwan should know by now that today an Android 2.3.4 test Read the rest of this entry

DROID3 packs qHD display and TI dual-core tip benchmarks

Details of Motorola’s upcoming DROID3 smartphone have been leaked, courtesy of some premature benchmarking of what’s assumed to be a prototype device. According to the stats at Nenamark, spotted by Blog of Mobile, the Verizon Android smartphone will have a qHD 960 x 540 display, just like the Motorola ATRIX, as well as use Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR SGX 540 GPU.

That clears up one lingering question about the DROID3, namely which chipset it would use. Unlike the ATRIX, which is based on NVIDIA’s Tegra 2, it seems Motorola has used the 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP4430, an alternative dual-core processor.

OS is Gingerbread, at least at time of testing, and the phone scored 45.7 (though, since we’re guessing the firmware isn’t final at this stage, that should probably be taken with a pinch of salt). Other expected specs include a 4-inch display and a front-facing camera for video calls; still unclear is when, exactly, Motorola and Verizon will announce the new QWERTY slider.

[via DROID-Life; via Android Community]

HTC bringing a Sensation successor with NFC in Q3 2011?

HTC NFC enabled phone mockup

Rumors are always just rumors, but a current one flying around the Internet has an unnamed HTC sales manager outing a 4.3-inch successor to the HTC Sensation, with NFC capabilities, to hit in the third quarter of 2011.  Yes, a new phone will be better than an old phone — shocker — even though this particular old phone hasn’t even hit the shelves yet.

So far the only Android phone to have NFC on-board is the Nexus S, and that’s because Google wanted it available for developers.  NFC technology is something Nokia’s been doing forever, yet still hasn’t caught on for most of the world.  Maybe a bigger push from Google will have the same result that putting a front facing camera on the HTC Evo 4G did, and bring it mainstream.  Or maybe not — consumers, especially us American ones, are pretty fickle.

Finally, there’s been a bit of speculation that this will be the next Nexus phone.  While that’s possible, and the time frame fits, I think it’s way to early for anyone to be jumping to those conclusions.  But if it is, and has a similar curvaceous unibody design, tell me who to throw my money at now please.

Inspire 4G update pushing out now

Android Central

Have an HTC Inspire 4G on AT&T? Have the latest software upgrade? You don’t? Well, get to your nearest system update (it’s in settings, boys and girls) and see if yours is waiting for you, as 1.84.502.11 is being pushed out now. According to HTC, you’re getting:

  • Hotmail, Live, and MSN email auto configuration settings update.
  • Makes the email set up process much easier and includes the most current settings for each type of email.
  • Increased potential data speed at which data can travel on the network. Read the rest of this entry

Droid Charge system dump and goodies available in the forums

Droid Charge

You guys know how it goes — a few people get their hands on a phone a little early and we bring out the system dumps, the Samsung Droid Charge being no exception.  The whole kit and kaboodle checks in at 300 MB, but we’ve went ahead and pulled out the wallpapers and ringtones for those of you who don’t feel like fooling with the whole system.

The system itself doesn’t hold any surprises — it’s TouchWiz 3, has Media Hub on board, and a new build of CityID.  (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)  But enterprizing types will end up pulling everything useful out of it for other custom ROMs, and that’s good for everyone.  You can find all the links and discuss in the Droid Charge forums while we wait for thelaunch to get back on track.

Motorola Atrix 4G update imminent, and it’s coming soon, too

Motorola Atrix 4G update

It’s hardly been a secret that Motorola’s been testing an update for the Atrix 4G on AT&T — we’ve been going over the changelog — and now it looks like it could officially be pushed out tomorrow, April 29. Need a reminder of what’s in the 4.1.8.3 update? Here ’tis:

  • Data Speed Increased speed at which data can travel on the network.
  • Data Connection Improvements to prevent interruptions to data connection.Screen Improvements to prevent screen from freezing.
  • Email Improved ability for users to receive email notifications so you know when you have a new message. Also, improvements were made so that you are now able to use the same email login to access both MOTOBLUR™ and YouTube.
  • Skype Improvements to call audio function so it is easier for the person you called to hear you. Please note this application is not pre-loaded on the phone, but is available for download from the Android Market.
  • Wi-Fi Increased functionality by enabling Yahoo Email to be sent over a Wi-Fi connection.
  • Display Improved International Roaming Warning Message by simplifying user notification so that it only appears on the screen when you move to a new network.
  • Happenings Widget Improved Happenings Widget to ensure that you receive the latest updates across the social networks you are connected to such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.
  • Calling Improvements were made to incoming and outgoing call functionality to ensure a more seamless experience.

So be on the lookout starting tomorrow, and sing out if you get it.

T-Mobile betting $1,000 the Galaxy S 4G is faster than your iPhone

Broke? Think your iPhone is faster than Usain Bolt? T-Mobile’s so confident that the Samsung Galaxy S 4G is quicker than the iPhone that it’s offering $1,000 to anyone who can walk into one of its ten Seattle stores and prove otherwise. Your iPhone just has to win in two out of three throughput speed tests  — using an app provided by T-Mobile – and you’ll walk away a cool $1,000 richer. The Galaxy S 4G is sure to be some stiff competition, though. After all, it does pack HSPA+ with support for T-Mobile’s 21Mbps network. The offer is from Friday, April 29th until Sunday, May 1st. Hit the jump for more information from T-Mobile, including a list of participating locations.

[Via Into Mobile]

Samsung Galaxy Prevail available starting April 29, according to Boost site

Samsung Galaxy Prevail

If you’ve had a hankering for the new Samsung Galaxy Prevail on Boost Mobile but have been dying to know when you can get it (last we’d heard was “sometime in May”) , Boost’s website now says it’ll be available starting April 29. That’s this Friday, folks. The Galaxy Prevail is a mid-level phone, with specs as follows:

  • Android 2.2
  • 3.2-inch touchscreen
  • 2MP camera with video
  • GPS enabled
  • Bluetooth® capable
  • Wireless Web enabled
  • Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
  • Telenav navigation, free and unlimited
  • Supports microSD™ cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
  • Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling

So just a couple days more, apparently.

Droid Incredible 2 retail box

Droid Incredible 2 retail box

We got a plain white box with our Droid Incredible 2 review unit, but here’s a good look at what you’ll get when you get yours starting tomorrow. It’s your basic Verizon retail box, that’s for sure. And yours won’t come with the Android Central watermark, though it’d be pretty cool if it did.

HTC Tube Concept Design: Phone, Tablet, Notebook

Back in March, we covered an HTC Tube concept design, which is meant to integrate all of your devices using a removable cartridge that can transfer between the phone and tablet. Now Antoine Brieux, the designer, has added a keyboard which plugs into the tablet and creates a notebook, possibly inspired by the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer?

Brieux considers this the completion of his HTC Tube concept, that now integrates phone, tablet, and laptop into one harmonious cartridge-powered ecosystem. But he also adds one more accessory he calls the NAK Stick Phone that slides into the tablet for an integrated basic phone that will let you take and make calls using the tablet. It looks like it can be used separately as well to completely replace the need for a smartphone. This would be good for someone who intends to carry around their tablet most of the time and only need a small device for making basic calls.

This is certainly an interesting concept with sleek aesthetic execution. It will be neat to see if any of the major manufacturers start picking up on this type of integration. It could be very advantageous for manufacturers to be able to promote their smartphones, tablets, and laptops as one cohesive family or package rather than solely separate product segments.

[via NAK Studio]

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